May 16, 2019 at 9:39 am #16103
I am late to the party with this one – this press release is a year and a half old – has anyone tried this? I haven’t seen it used any place. I haven’t even seen it sold!0May 16, 2019 at 10:22 am #16105
I got a notice about this when it came out, but I haven’t seen it yet. It was not one of the chocolates we tasted when I took Chocolate Boot Camp, but that was several years ago now.
You’d have to order it from a bakery/restaurant/chocolatier wholesaler, Barry Callebaut doesn’t sell retail. The supplier I usually buy from doesn’t appear to carry this yet. I don’t know if the Chocolate Academy is doing anything with it yet. If they are, I might be able to buy a small bag the next time I’m in the Chicago area. It appears it tempers pretty much like any other chocolate.
If you’re really curious about this, here’s one place you can order it:
ruby chocolate0May 16, 2019 at 10:30 am #16106
Yup. I haven’t seen this any place yet. I haven’t even seen any finished chocolate to try. The locals haven’t even heard of it! I didn’t see any at Max Brenner in Boston either. There is some stuff on Amazon but it’s spendy without being able to see or smell it.
The Chocolate Man doesn’t have anything about it at all! I’ll check out some restaurant supply stores and chefs here.
I also asked my brother to check with his neighbor who works for Callebaut in Chicago. We’ll see what he sends back.0May 16, 2019 at 10:54 am #16107May 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm #16114
Never heard of it,sure is expensive.0May 16, 2019 at 4:41 pm #16118
I think once it is available through candy wholesalers, it’ll be a more reasonable price, but the two sources I cited above are very high, in large part because its being imported. Mostly I was pointing out the Kit-Kat one as a place where the ruby cacao bean is showing up in retail products, at least in Japan and a few other places.
The FDA isn’t allowing it to be called ‘chocolate’ yet. That might delay its availability.
I may check our local Trader Joes to see if they have any, apparently that’s one place it was available in the USA earlier this year. (I have suspected for some time that some of the TJ chocolate bars are made by Callebaut.)
When I was in high school, our science teacher had us taste a red fluid one day. Most described it as either strawberry or cherry flavored. It was milk with red food coloring in it. 🙂2+May 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm #16123
I stopped by Trader Joe’s this evening, and they had several bags of the ruby cacao wafers (they can’t call them chocolate yet.)
$2.99 for a five ounce bag of what look like somewhat flattened pink chocolate chips isn’t too bad a price, comparable with other candy products from TJ.
The sweetness level is similar to a milk chocolate, which makes sense because the ingredients are similar to that of a milk chocolate, too.
If you didn’t know what they were, you’d probably say they tasted like chocolate with a little fruit, though there’s no fruit in them.1+
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